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Celtics, Clippers talks back to square one; sources say Clippers were bluffing from the start

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The proposed blockbuster deal between the Celtics and Clippers has taken another bizarre turn, one that places it at grave risk of completely falling apart.

The Clippers have turned their focus to Doc Rivers, setting aside a deal for Kevin Garnett, a league source said. However, the Clippers have refused to offer any compensation at all in exchange for Rivers, who is under contract with the Celtics for the next three years.

Such compensation, under terms the teams previously discussed, would be a first-round draft pick, but the Clippers have made no effort to offer that, the league source said.

That has talks at a complete standstill — and to be crystal clear, there is no “deal” at this point because neither team has agreed to any terms.

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